Jonathan D. Payton

 
Recent Publications

How to identify negative actions with positive events. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 96 (1): 87-101. 2018.   

The logical form of negative action sentences. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 46 (6): 855-876. 2016.   

Con-reasons and the causal theory of action. Philosophical Explorations 18 (1): 20-33. 2015.


Complete list of publications, with links, available [here].



Recent and Upcoming Presentations

Mere manifestations of agency? American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting. Upcoming, 2018.

Proportionality and omissions reconsidered. American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting. Upcoming, 2018.

Agent-causation, negative actions, and 'mere intentional behaviour'. Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association. 2017.

Lecturer                                                                                                                            [CV]
Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto
170 St. George Street
Toronto, ON, Canada M5R 2M8
jonathan.payton@mail.utoronto.ca


Areas of Specialization: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Action

My main research project concerns the metaphysics of negative actions (intentional omissions, refrainments, etc.). Other areas of interest include: the metaphysics of composite objects, composition and identity, causation by omission, and problems and prospects for event-causal theories of action.



 
 

  
Dissertation

The Metaphysics of Negative Action
Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto, 2016
Committee: Sergio Tenenbaum, Jessica Wilson, Phil Clark, Michaela Ippolito (Department of Linguistics)
Readers: Gurpreet Rattan (Toronto), Helen Steward (Leeds)

This project was funded by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship, awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

In 2015, I placed in the Top 25 for SSHRC's Storytellers Competition. Video below.